In a move likely to raise the decibel level between political opponents, the nation's oldest civil rights group, the NAACP, passed a resolution Tuesday at its national convention which condemned members of one of the nation's newest political movements, the Tea Party, for racism in its ranks.
The Associated Press had the following details emerging from the NAACP's annual convention in Kansas City:
"We felt the time had come to stand up and say, 'It's time for the tea party to be responsible members of this democracy and make sure they don't tolerate bigots or bigotry among their members," NAACP President Ben Jealous said ahead of the debate.
"We don't have a problem with the tea party's existence. We have an issue with their acceptance and welcoming of white supremacists into their organizations."
Tea party activist Alex Poulter, who co-founded a Kansas City-area group called Political Chips, disputed the allegations. He said the movement is made up of a "diverse group of folks whoare upset with what is going on with this country."
Poulter said he has seen no evidence of racism within the movement.